Oceania - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Oceania Rebel Wilson's defamation trial against publisher begins MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rebel Wilson was devastated by a series of magazine articles that she says painted her as a liar and subsequently cost her roles in Hollywood, a lawyer for the actress said Monday. Wilson is suing Australian publisher Bauer Media for defamation over several articles published in 2015 that the Australian-born actress said led to... Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:00 GMT 2017-05-22T08:00:00Z Pacific ministers commit to move ahead with pact without US HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam committed Sunday to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay said the remaining 11 TPP countries are open to others joining provided they accept the trade agreement's high standards on labor and environmental protecti... Sun, 21 May 2017 10:12:00 GMT 2017-05-21T10:12:00Z 2 US private equity firms bid for Australia newspaper empire CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's second-largest newspaper empire, Fairfax Media, announced Thursday that it has received rival takeover offers from two U.S. private equity investment firms. The Sydney-based multimedia company said a non-binding indicative offer was received Wednesday from San Francisco-based Hellman & Friedman at a price of between AU$1.225 ($0.9138) a... Thu, 18 May 2017 06:17:00 GMT 2017-05-18T06:17:00Z New Zealand envoy pick to seek more trade with island nation WASHINGTON (AP) — The former senator President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to New Zealand pledged during a congressional hearing Wednesday to push for expanded trade and military cooperation with the island nation. Scott Brown told Senate Foreign Relations Committee members that New Zealand is an important ally in the Pacific as China continu... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:06:00Z New Zealand quake scientists discover surprise: Hot water WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When researchers in New Zealand drilled deep into an earthquake fault, they stumbled upon a discovery they say could provide a significant new energy source for the South Pacific nation. The scientists found the water in the Alpine Fault was much hotter than expected, and could potentially be harnessed to generate electricit... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:15:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:15:00Z Tiny uninhabited Pacific isle has 38 million pieces of trash WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When researchers traveled to a tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they were astonished to find an estimated 38 million pieces of trash washed up on the beaches. Almost all of the garbage they found on Henderson Island was made from plastic. There were toy soldiers, dominos, toothbrushes and hundreds... Wed, 17 May 2017 01:14:00 GMT 2017-05-17T01:14:00Z The Latest: Mattis 'not worried' about Trump sharing intel WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 5:15 p.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is "not worried" that President Donald Trump disclosed classified information during discussions with senior Russian leaders. He sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:06:00Z Guam residents cast wary eye at North Korea after launch HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — While most of the United States is still out of reach of a missile launched by North Korea, the U.S. territory of Guam, a key military hub in the Pacific, could be within range. That realization, coming after a missile launch over the weekend, had residents of the island casting a wary eye amid rising nuclear tensions between Pyongyang and Washington. So... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:28:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:28:00Z The Latest: Security Council condemns NKorea missile test SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 7:55 a.m. The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea's latest ballistic missile test and vowing to impose new sanctions in response to its "flagrant and provocative defiance" of council demands to halt all nuclear-related tests. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 22:58:00 GMT 2017-05-15T22:58:00Z The latest: Australia says China responsible for NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:49:00Z It's a rap: Eminem lawsuit against New Zealand party ends WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Turn up the volume, the judge told the lawyers in a case involving an Eminem song: "I'm not shy of loud music." It was one of many incongruous moments during a two-week trial that ended Friday at the High Court in Wellington. The judge may not rule for months in the case in which music publishers for the Detroit rapper are suing New Zealand's r... Fri, 12 May 2017 09:16:00 GMT 2017-05-12T09:16:00Z Multinational Military Drill in Guam Postponed Multinational military drills on Guam designed to show support for the free passage of vessels in international waters were indefinitely postponed after... Fri, 12 May 2017 05:33:00 GMT 2017-05-12T05:33:00Z Australia's Fiona McFarlane wins Dylan Thomas literary prize LONDON (AP) — Australian writer Fiona McFarlane has won the Dylan Thomas Prize for young literary talents with her globe-trotting volume of short stories, "The High Places." McFarlane won the 30,000 pound ($39,000) award at a ceremony in Swansea, Wales. Named for the late Welsh poet, the prize is open to fiction by English-language writ... Thu, 11 May 2017 16:40:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:40:00Z New Zealand ratifies Pacific trade deal after US withdrawal WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Thursday became the second nation after Japan to ratify a Pacific trade deal that will need changes to proceed after the United States pulled out. Trade Minister Todd McClay said New Zealand is exploring alternatives for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that ratifying the deal helps keep its options open. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 10:06:00 GMT 2017-05-11T10:06:00Z Qantas boss gets pie in face from gay marriage opponent CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man who squashed a lemon meringue pie into Qantas Airways chief executive Alan Joyce's face during a public address in Australia said Wednesday he was protesting Joyce's advocacy for same-sex marriage. Joyce, a gay, Irish-born 50-year-old, was giving a speech to 500 people in a Perth hotel on Tuesday when Tony Overheu approach... Wed, 10 May 2017 06:10:00 GMT 2017-05-10T06:10:00Z Stars of 'The Lost City of Z' share travel wish lists "The Lost City of Z" director James Gray is an avid traveler, which may have helped him create the film about explorer Percy Fawcett. But Gray says there... Tue, 09 May 2017 23:50:00 GMT 2017-05-09T23:50:00Z Australia treasurer promises fair budget that reins in debt CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's treasurer on Tuesday promised a budget for the next fiscal year that would be fair and rein in mounting debt. Treasurer Scott Morrison will outline his second budget and his conservative government's first since narrowly winning a second three-year term at elections in July. He would not say whethe... Tue, 09 May 2017 00:15:00 GMT 2017-05-09T00:15:00Z Prime minister says IS fighter's son can return to Australia CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 6-year-old Australian boy photographed making an Islamic State movement salute in front of a human body hanging from a cross somewhere in the Middle East was entitled to return to Australia with his siblings, Australia's prime minister said on Monday. But such children who returned from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq would... Mon, 08 May 2017 05:19:00 GMT 2017-05-08T05:19:00Z Australian prime minister says Trump treated him like family CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Friday described his first meeting with President Donald Trump as "more family than formal," as the Australian ended a brief visit to New York planned to set the tone of bilateral relations with the Republican administration. Trump said on Thursday that his first telephone conversation with Prime Mi... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:48:00 GMT 2017-05-05T22:48:00Z Trump: Australian health care system better than US BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's praise of Australia's government-funded health care system has raised the ire of Sen. Bernie Sanders, a leading advocate of such single-payer systems. Republicans have strongly opposed calls by Sanders and others to create a similar "universal" health care system in the U.S. Trump's prais... Fri, 05 May 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-05-05T19:50:00Z Trump celebrates Hill victory, relishes visit to hometown NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump had already planned a celebration as he returned to his hometown for the first time since his inauguration. House Republicans gave him another reason to enjoy the moment. Trump flew to New York to join Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the USS Intrepid to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle... Fri, 05 May 2017 14:24:00 GMT 2017-05-05T14:24:00Z 'Veep' stars respond to Australian injured while laughing CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian lawmaker said Friday he was stunned that he had grabbed the attention of stars of the U.S. television series "Veep" by laughing so hard at an episode of the political satire that he choked on his sushi and knocked himself unconscious on a kitchen bench. Graham Perrett was left with three stitches under a blackened ... Fri, 05 May 2017 09:10:00 GMT 2017-05-05T09:10:00Z Trump enjoys health care victory, hails ties with Australia NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump turned his first trip home as president into a victory lap on Thursday, returning to the city that has largely opposed him while celebrating House passage of legislation undoing much his predecessor's health law. Trump only received 18 percent of the vote in New York in November's presidential election. Multiple modest protest... Fri, 05 May 2017 02:14:00 GMT 2017-05-05T02:14:00Z The Latest: Trump praises 'iron bonds' between US, Australia WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:40 p.m. President Donald Trump says few people share ties in history, affection and culture like the Americans and the Australians. Trump says "iron bonds" between the United States and Australia were forged in the waters of the Pacific during... Fri, 05 May 2017 01:47:00 GMT 2017-05-05T01:47:00Z US, Australian leaders try to put rocky start behind them WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are aiming to put a rocky start behind when they meet for the first time and commemorate the 75th anniversary of an important World War II battle. Their meeting Thursday evening was taking place on Trump's first trip back to New York City since he left in January to be... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:33:00Z Asia stocks slip after Fed signals more rate hikes in store HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock markets slipped Thursday after a lackluster day on Wall Street as the Fed used its latest assessment of the U.S. economy to signal that more interest rate increases are coming. KEEPING SCORE: South Korea's Kospi added 0.8 percent to 2,236.29 while other major benchmarks across Asia fell, with Hong Kong's Hang Seng losing ... Thu, 04 May 2017 06:57:00 GMT 2017-05-04T06:57:00Z New Zealand campaign had concerns using Eminem-like song WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The campaign manager for New Zealand's National Party said Wednesday she raised concerns during the 2014 election about using a song that sounded similar to Eminem's "Lose Yourself" but was told by industry experts it would be fine. Jo de Joux told the High Court in Wellington she was concerned that using the song "Eminem Es... Wed, 03 May 2017 09:51:00 GMT 2017-05-03T09:51:00Z Australian leader says North Korea will dominate Trump talks CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump will engage as two seasoned businessmen-turned-politicians when they meet for the first time, focusing on North Korea, security and economic issues. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was speaking hours before he departed Sydney for New York, where he... Wed, 03 May 2017 08:53:00 GMT 2017-05-03T08:53:00Z Fairfax Media cuts staff in Australia after NZ merger tossed SYDNEY (AP) — Struggling Australian publishing giant Fairfax Media said Wednesday it would axe around a quarter of its newsroom staff in Australia, prompting journalists at two of the company's major newspapers to strike. Fairfax's announcement that it would slash 125 editorial jobs at its Australian newspapers came just hours after the company's New Zeal... Wed, 03 May 2017 06:52:00 GMT 2017-05-03T06:52:00Z New Zealand regulators reject merger of newspaper publishers WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposed merger between New Zealand's two main newspaper publishers, saying the benefits of saving money and extending the life of some newspapers did not outweigh the harm it would cause to democracy. The Commerce Commission announced its final decision a year after Fairfax Media and NZME ... Wed, 03 May 2017 00:29:00 GMT 2017-05-03T00:29:00Z